CNA job description
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) provides patients with quality care by assisting them in day-to-day tasks and playing an important role at hospitals or other facilities under the direction of nurses and other healthcare providers.
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CNA responsibilities include:
- Recording vital signs, including blood pressure and pulse rate, as requested by staff
- Reminding patients to take medications and other nutritional supplements as needed
- Checking patient vital signs each day and keep precise records in the patient’s chart
We are looking for someone who can provide outstanding patient care and physical support on a daily basis.
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) will provide compassionate care and assistance with many daily living needs for patients. The ideal candidate will spend time interacting directly with patients, monitoring their vital signs, and assisting when necessary.
The ideal candidate will relate well as an advocate for patients through conversation and interaction to improve the patient’s experience while at our facilities.
- Assist with daily living activities to make sure the patient is taken care of. This includes turning and ambulating patients and delivering food and beverages to patients throughout the day
- Help patients with personal hygiene, such as providing bedpans and helping them bathe
- Provide adjunct patient care as needed. This can include delivering ice packs and dressings to help relieve pain while in therapy or baths for soothing purposes after their session has ended
- Process a wide range of information from other professionals and work with physicians, caregivers, and nurses
- Closely monitor and record food intake, as well as urinary and fecal output, to be shared with key medical and nursing staff
Requirements and skills
- High School diploma or GED
- State Certified Nursing Assistant Certification
- Current CPR Certification (American Heart Association)
- Basic computer skills
- The ability to think and work independently, with direction from a team leader or manager, while maintaining efficient and consistent communications at all times
- Must also have excellent oral communication skills when speaking with other health professionals in the presence of patients (i.e. “bedside manner”)
- Can endure high-pressure situations in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment and keep a calm, professional demeanor throughout
Frequently asked questions
What does a CNA do?
Certified Nursing Assistants provide direct health care support services to patients. They can do everything from washing bed sheets, record keeping and regular communication with nurses and other health care providers, to helping a patient use the bathroom.
What are the duties and responsibilities of a CNA?
They work directly with nurses and doctors, supporting them with all sorts of physical tasks including cooking meals for patients that need assistance feeding themselves. A CNA may also assist in more complex medical procedures where needed.
What makes a good CNA?
A good CNA needs to have a lot of patience since they will be working with a range of patients throughout the day. They also need to have excellent communication skills since they will be regularly talking with doctors, nurses, and patients. Finally, a good CNA needs to have an encouraging demeanor since they will be helping patients through the recovery process.
Who does a CNA work with?
A CNA will work with a range of health care professionals throughout the day such as doctors and nurses to provide care and support to their patients.
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